Loser on Loser

Before automatically trumping, take a look at the suit distribution.  

Is there a suit with a sure loser in it?  If so …

  • Would it be advantageous to clear the suit for later trumping? 
  • Could you be over-trumped by the next player?
  • Would an additional trump trick later be better than taking an early trick when you will lose a trick in that suit later anyway?

Consider discarding a losing card early, so that your hand is stronger for the finish of play.